The Amnesia franchise’s story is one for the ages. Produced on a relatively low budget, Frictional Games’ small survival horror was a sleeper hit, so much so that its success helped define a whole new horror genre category, which has seen many iterations from other developers ever since its release in 2013.


Then came Amnesia: The Rebirth, which furthered the story and brought a chilling end to the ongoing saga. However, Frictional Games isn’t done with the franchise just yet, and if the reviews for Amnesia: The Bunker is anything to go by, they still have a horrifying bag of tricks to keep players scared, shocked and surprised.


Amnesia: The Bunker Review Roundup

Here are some reviews and first-look articles for Amnesia: The Bunker from around the web. At the time of publishing this article, the score for this game was 74 at Opencritic and 78 at Metacritic

IGN

Amnesia: The Bunker proves that smaller, anthology-style episodes within its universe can still bring the tension and the scares. And Frictional’s bag of tricks is far from exhausted when it comes to getting our hearts pounding and making us carefully consider how to use the limited tools available to us. It’s not an unmissable experience, but as an Amnesia fan, it definitely sated my appetite for some gut-churning horror and moody, bleak storytelling.

IGN rating: 8/10

PCGamer

For all the stress and dread of The Bunker, I already want to replay it—the systems-driven survival paired with randomized item and trap placement keep every venture out from the safe room unpredictable and unnerving no matter how familiar you already are with the game.

PCGamer rating: 93/100

GamesRadar+

Amnesia: The Bunker is a massive change in direction for horror masters Frictional, and it works – albeit with some sacrifices. The trench opener is a bold and brilliant new direction, with the horrors afterwards completely disarming the player, and desperately scavenging resources while keeping the power on is sufficiently terrifying. Those pesky bottlenecks work to restrict The Bunker’s creative freedom though, and the beast and Frictional’s new narrative devices just don’t hit the same. 

GamesRadar+ rating: 4/5

Shacknews

There are lots of ideas in Amnesia: The Bunker that are truly intriguing. I love the World War 1 setting as a backdrop for a horror story, especially the way it intersects with technology of the era. But the way gameplay elements are introduced as friction meant to induce tension simply feel overtuned. I often felt like I was fighting the game just to get around, which was frustrating in a software kind of way rather than an atmospheric enhancement.

Shacknews rating: 6/10

Gamespot

With reasons to return to the game after hitting the credits, Amnesia: The Bunker is the longest-lasting game in the series so far. And thanks to incredible atmosphere, opportunities for player creativity, and an inventory metagame that makes each success or failure entirely your own, Amnesia: The Bunker is proof that Frictional has still got it.

Gamespot rating: 8/10

PushSquare

Amnesia: The Bunker sticks a little too close to what Frictional Games has been doing for over a decade now, but with a more free-form approach to gameplay, the team is back on the right track again. Coupled with an excellent setting, Amnesia: The Bunker represents a vast improvement over its predecessor. You’ll still encounter the same stumbling blocks of old, but this horror experience comes recommended.

PushSquare rating: 7/10

Twinfinite

Amnesia: The Bunker felt like it was somehow different from its predecessors. The puzzle-heavy horror game and a hint of resource management give the anxiety of suddenly plunging into danger. I felt like the franchise made a different approach but in the end of the day it’s worth the adventure.

Twinfinite rating: 4/5
Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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